B.O.’s Trick or Treat…or else.

A vote against B.O.

What to say?

Either B.O. is
(a) A totally phoney Chicago machine creature who will do the bidding of his libDonk party masters & their special interest allies, or
(b) A virtual neo-Bolshevik, using democratic means to reach the reins of power to implement “change” in an unashamedly socialist direction.

It could be debated which is worse. Wait…it COULD be even worse yet: he could be both (a) and (b) at the same time! The political perfect storm of the worst of all worlds!

Now there’s a scary thought!

B.O.’s Commissars Alert for Dangerous Deviationism!

 THE WATCHERS ARE WATCHING US!

After an e-mail was sent out to various and sundry e-correspondants, clearly stating our opposition for various reasons to the ascension of B.O. to the Imperial Throne Presidency, this message was returned as one of the replies.  Apparently the recipient, in the finest tradition of stukachi and Chekists,  forwarded the admonition and warning of our original message to something calling itself the “Obama-Biden Watchdog Team” from <barackobama.com>(according to their e-mail header).

Taken from their reply:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining the fight against the lies, false attacks, and smear campaigns targeting Barack Obama and designed to create fear and division at a time that calls for unity and solutions. No one of us can put an end to these attacks, but together we can set the record straight.

We’ve received the message you sent and will evaluate it to inform the campaign’s pushback strategy to this growing problem. Please continue to send us each smear you receive — even if you receive the same one multiple times from different sources.

When possible, please forward messages just as they came to you, without changing the subject or sending the message as an attachment. And feel free to include your friends and family on the message you send us — if we’ve developed a response already, we’ll send it to everyone you included.

The last paragraph cited, recruiting informants so they can keep track of who their political enemy is, is particularly telling.

Part of a pattern? Well, after the warnings from the St. Louis area Donk party Prosecuting Attorneys that THEY were going to be watching too, and were prepared TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION against any deviationists opposing the coming Revolutionary Change that The One is preparing for the benighted masses…but perhaps I’m being unfair, and they’re drawing from a slightly different traditon:

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In either case, there IS a pattern…but it doesn’t bear resemblance to anything recognizable as the 1st Amendment.

It has been argued that Obamesssiah is just seeking to lead us to “unity of purpose” for a change, after “the needless divisiveness of partisan bickering”…or words to that effect. Well, THAT fits an old pattern too:
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Historically, we’ve been there, done that, and in the words of the late songwriter Warren Zevon…”it ain’t that pretty at all”

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I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?

There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

…as the spiritual Weather Underground prepares to move into the White House to start the United Soviet States of Amerika…

Yankee Ingenuity Rises Again with Planned SST

The new Concorde: Supersonic jet will get you from London to New York in just three hours

It is five years ago almost to the day that Concorde approached Heathrow airport under much fanfare and nostalgia on its last official flight before heading off into retirement. In a move which for some people signalled a step backwards for technology, the Anglo-French aviation-engineering masterpiece touched down and with it the chance for people to experience supersonic air travel.

But now, an American firm is on the cusp of re-imagining the supersonic dream and confidently plans to have supersonic commercial aircraft back in the skies as a reality by 2015.

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The Aerion Supersonic Jet may not have the same grace and style and the size of the great Concorde, but the Aerion group are so sure that the plane will fly that they have pencilled in test flights for 2012, with transatlantic testing to follow soon after. Reaching a top speed of mach 1.6 the jet will once again put New York within three hours flight time of London.

What about the drawbacks of the Concorde? Not to worry:

‘The cost per nautical mile will be similar to today’s large business jets.’ The biggest advance in technology that the Aerion has improved upon Concorde is in its noise reduction ability.

Concorde was famously and some would say intentionally scuppered by jealous Americans who banned the plane from flying over U.S. territory at the speed of sound. This immediately removed any advantage the small plane had over its larger competitors and ended the supersonic age before it had begun.

The Aerion aircraft can successfully fly at nearly the speed of sound without any significant noise impact and more amazingly has the ability to fly at mach 1.15 without emanating a sonic boom. ‘This is due to the patented supersonic natural laminar flow (SNLF) technology that substantially reduces drag at supersonic as well as high-subsonic cruise speeds,’ says Jeff Miller.

The first version will be sold as a high-end corparate type aircraft, with the technology and market for that being used to leverage eventual development of an airline service version of the plane.

‘Concorde was a beautiful machine and a product of its time, but technology has moved forward and new designs such as the Aerion jet offer greater efficiency. ‘Concorde was withdrawn due to high operating cost, which Aerion technology has successfully overcome,’ says Jeff.

Aerion will start small but hope to have the technology and the capital to one day expand their operation beyond smaller aircraft to larger Concorde sized vehicles. ‘With the success of the Aerion supersonic business jet, we expect to see supersonic flight becoming commonplace. ‘With market acceptance it will be possible to fund the development of airliner variants, offering time savings to a much larger group of travellers,’ says Jeff.

As incredible as it seems that Concorde was flying only five years ago, Aerion will be tearing across our skies in four, heralding a return to the skies of supersonic travel.

And how cool is that! While the Chief admittedly won;t be in line to buy one…(ha ha ha)…it’s good to see further real technological progress in commercial aerospace. Maybe there WILL be a future chance to enjoy a 3 hour flight to London on an airline version. That WOULD be cool!

Digest of Some Interesting News

Obama ‘admits’ Kenyan birth?

Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg, who filed a lawsuit demanding Sen. Barack Obama present proof of his American citizenship, now says that by failing to respond Obama has legally “admitted” to the lawsuit’s accusations, including the charge that the Democratic candidate was born in Mombosa, Kenya.

And the point is? If true, B.O. is not Constitutionally qualified or eligible to be president.

Muggers for B.O.:
Woman Attacked, Letter Scratched Into Her Face

UPDATE:  IT TURNS OUT THAT THIS WAS A FAKE REPORT.  THE ALLEGED VICTIM WILL NO DOUBT BE CHARGED FOR FILING A FALSE REPORT…THE POLICE FROWN ON THAT SORT OF THING.The first “Four Year Plan” – B.O.’s 1st term?
“Trickle-Up” Poverty: The New Economics of Barack Obama

The liberal media talking heads are already proclaiming that a Barack Obama victory will be revolutionary. Revolutionary is right.

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The last great revolution took place in Russia. Within a year of the Russian Revolution in 1917, the communist leader Lenin brought the Russians change they could believe in. He created an economic system in which:
* All industry was nationalized and strict centralized management was introduced.
* Obligatory labor duty was imposed onto “non-working classes” or people who had money. Food was rationed and centrally distributed.
* Military-like control of railroads was introduced.
* Private enterprise became illegal.

After Stalin took over the Soviet Union, he:
* Imposed a state-run system of socialized medicine
* Formed a strict, centralized cultural administration and ideological control system – in other words, reeducation.

There is every reason to believe that some kind of socialist revolution will occur under B.O. Bush has already imposed socialism on the banks, and Obama promises to do more of the same. The Soviets put people with money to work in factories.

Under Obama, the business owners in this country who drive the economy will be put to work by being forced to pay crushing taxes that will fund gold-plated healthcare for illegal aliens and welfare cases. Private enterprise may not actually be made illegal, but so many businesses will die under an Obama administration that the same goal will be accomplished. Instead of trickle-down economics, we’ll have trickle-up poverty.

We already know Obama will impose socialized medicine – that is a given. And reeducation will come in the form of the Fairness Doctrine, which Nancy Pelosi will push through the Congress by stressing the need to foster unity and avoid destabilizing the markets with hurtful and unbalanced commentary.This is what the future holds under B.O.

’nuff said there, from radio talker Michael Savage. The Chief fears too true to be funny.

…and a Glowbull Warming note from the Great White North:
Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof

In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement.

Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up.

The Chief has posted on this before, and will no doubt do so again, not being an acolyte of the Great Green Orthodox Church of Gaia.

Home State Paper Down on Dodd

Dodd Decides: No Story In Loan Deals

This is pretty good for the MSM, likening Sen. Chris Dodd (Donk-CT) to something out of Dr. Seuss.

It’s pretty accurate, too.

Sen. Christopher Dodd sounded like Dr. Seuss without the depth last week. “It is what it is,” declared Dodd, mistaking Hartford for Whoville, when he told The Courant’s Rick Green that he had no plans to release documents from his $800,000 in sweetheart mortgages from subprime titan Countrywide Financial.

“There is nothing to the story and I’m just not going to keep on repeating it,” pronounced Dodd, as he morphed into Yertle the Turtle. “‘You hush up your mouth!’ howled the mighty King Yertle. ‘You’ve no right to talk to the world’s highest turtle.’”

Dodd will serve the state green eggs and ham before he’ll honor his pledges to release the documents from deals that will save him tens of thousands of dollars over the terms of the loans. Nonsensical answers, however, won’t smother persistent, serious questions about Dodd’s abuse of his office.

“Abuse of office.” Youch!

Glowbull Warming Updates

Several items relating to the great danger we are facing from Glowbull Warming:

Frost ‘one more thing’ for grape growers

Early frosts in California threatening grape growers. Not a HUGE issue…but part of the pattern.

Slightly to the north, as one might expect, it’s a bit cooler yet.

Weekend cold set new record lows

Cold temperatures set several new record lows this weekend, including a low of 22 Saturday in downtown Pendleton that broke a 118 year-old record of 24. Record lows started falling Thursday with a new low of 20 for Meacham, four degrees cooler than the previous record from 2006, according to information from the Web site for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pendleton.

And yet farther to the north…

Bad weather was good for Alaska glaciers

Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008. Unusually large amounts of winter snow were followed by unusually chill temperatures in June, July and August.

“In mid-June, I was surprised to see snow still at sea level in Prince William Sound,” said U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia. “On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July. At Bering Glacier, a landslide I am studying, located at about 1,500 feet elevation, did not become snow free until early August.

“In general, the weather this summer was the worst I have seen in at least 20 years.” Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Icefield witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.

Let’s see now…glowbull warming ?

Sure.  If you believe it, e-mail me about a GREAT deal on some tropical beachfront here in Moody County, South Dakota.

Viral Joke of the Day

Obama as Wildlife:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually, the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our president.

The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, Obama is a “Post Turtle”.

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Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a “post turtle” was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road, and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’”.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain, “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, and he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumbass put him up there to begin with.”

Why McCain/Palin?…and the Culture Wars

THE UNDEFENDED CITY

The Chief has noted that his favorite contemporary essayist, Bill Whittle, is now a regular at NRO, with a weekly piece there. This takes cognizance of  this offering as a possible introduction.   Bill’s stuff puts him rather easily in the category of a leading 21st century candidate for assuming the mantle of Thomas Paine.

His stuff is so pithy, and spot on, that it’s almost scary.

I live a few miles from Santa Monica High School, in California. There, young men and women are taught that America is “a terrorist nation,” “one of the worst regimes in history,” that it’s twice-elected leader is “the son of the devil,” and dictator of this “fascist” country. Further, “patriotism” is taught by dragging an American flag across the classroom floor, because the nation’s truest patriots, as we should know by now, are those who are most able to despise it.

This is only high school, remember: in college things get much, much worse.

Two generations, now, are being raised on this poison, and the reason for that is this: the enemies of this city cannot come out and simply say, “Do not defend the city.” Even the smartest among us can see that is simple treason. But they can say, “The City is not worth defending.” So they say that, and they say that all the time and in as many different ways as they are able.

If you step far enough back to look at the whole of human history, you will begin to see a very plain rhythm: a heartbeat of civilization. Steep climbs out of disease and ignorance into the light of medicine and learning — and then a sudden collapse back into darkness. And it is in that darkness that most humans have lived their lives: poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

The pattern is always the same: at the height of a civilization’s powers something catastrophic seems to occur — a loss of will, a failure of nerve, and above all an unwillingness to identify with the values and customs that have produced such wonders.

Whittle goes on and describes with some specificity how this process is happening to us:

And how is this done, this “throwing open of the gates?” How are defenders taken off the walls?

Well, most of what I learned about Vietnam I learned from men like Oliver Stone. This self-loathing narcissist has repeatedly tried to inculcate in me a sense of despair and outrage at my own government, my own culture, my own people and ultimately myself…. that the real threat to the nation comes from the generals that defend it, or from the businessmen that provide the prosperity we take for granted.

I sit with others in darkened rooms, watching films like Redacted, Stop-Loss, and In the Valley of Elah, and see our brave young soldiers depicted as murderers, rapists, broken psychotics or ignorant dupes –visions foisted upon me by bitter and isolated millionaires such as Brian de Palma and Paul Haggis and all the rest.

I’ve been told this story in some form or another, every day of every week of the past 30 years of my life. It wasn’t always so.

So where does this leave us now? The picture we see when we look at ourselves, in the words of a song, “ain’t that pretty at all”, but still gives some basis for hope, along with, what for the Chief is a deep-seated, deeply felt concern for the possible course of events.

And standing against all this hypnotic power — the power of the mythmakers in Hollywood, the power of the information peddlers in the media, the corrosive power of America-hating professors on every campus in America… against all that we find an old warrior — a paladin if ever there was one — an old, beat-up warhorse standing up in defense of his city one last time. And beside him: a wonder. A common person… just a regular mom who goes to work, does a difficult job with intelligence and energy and grace and every-day competence and then puts it away to go home and have dinner with the family.

Against all of that stand these two.

No wonder they must be destroyed. Because — Sarah Palin especially — presents a mortal threat to these people who have determined over cocktails who the next President should be and who now clearly mean to grind into metal shards the transaxle of their credibility in order to get the result they must have. Truly, they are before our eyes destroying the machine they have built in order to get their victory. What the hell is so threatening to be worth that?

Only this: the living proof that they are not needed. Not needed to govern, not needed to influence and guide, not needed to lecture us on our intellectual and moral failings which are visible only from the heights of Manhattan skyscrapers or the palaces up on Mulholland Drive. Not needed. We can do it — and do it better — without all of them.

YES! Bingo!

Whittle concludes:

It is the small-town virtues of self-reliance, hard work, personal responsibility, and common-sense ingenuity — and not those of the preening cosmopolitans that gape at them in mixed contempt and bafflement — that have made us the inheritors of the most magnificent, noble, decent and free society ever to appear on this earth. This Western Civilization… this American City… has earned the right to greet each sunrise with a blast of silver trumpets that can bring down mountains.

And what, really, is a Legion of Narcissists and a Confederacy of Despair against that?

The Chief fully concurs.

B.O. & Not so Fresh Ayres

What the Ayers Association Says About Obama

Ken over at South Dakota Politics has about as good a summary of the William Ayres / B.O. association and its ramifications, as the Chief has seen anywhere.

Barack Obama spent twenty years at the feet of a preacher who thinks that the United States is responsible for the Second World War, and that we invented the AIDS virus to kill African Americans. Obama worked closely with “education expert” Bill Ayers. Ayers is frequently described, even by his critics, as a “former terrorist.” This is not accurate. A “former terrorist” is someone who once advocated or committed terrorist acts, but now renounces them. In the late 60′s and early 70′s, Bill Ayers conspired with other “Weathermen” to plant bombs in the Pentagon and elsewhere, and apparently took part in the action. From the New York Times:

”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough… So, would Mr. Ayers do it all again, he is asked? ”I don’t want to discount the possibility,” he said.

That’s not a former terrorist, that’s a right now terrorist.

There’s more there…and it’s worth the look.

Fat lady not singing…

Pollster: Don’t believe the Dem hype

The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts. “I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent.

Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election. “The Sunday before the election the dam burst,” Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. “That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan.”

“…interesting times…”

THE PANIC OF 2008

Dow plunges 679 to fall to lowest level in 5 years

The Chief along with teaching high school U.S. History, is working in a program for a Master’s Degree in
History, with an emphasis on U.S history from pre-history to the present.

The above header will be the highlighted main topic in future history books. The nightly news costitutes a daily blow-by-blow account of the slow-motion train wreck of the global economy. We have been living in what has arguably been a golden age”, and God willing, having observed the effect of too much of a “something for nothing” attitude, we can orient ourselves towards a more sound attitude towards our lifestyles, make appropriate decisions to live within our means again, and continue to act consistently with TAANSTAFL. (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)

Cold War II – Med Sea Front Established

From Syrian fishing port to naval power base: Russia moves into the Mediterranean

The Chief remembers his time in the late 60′s on active duty aboard USS Sellers (DDG-11) with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. A significant part of our time was watching, and being watched by Soviet naval and air forces based in Russia-friendly places like Egypt, Libya, and,…Syria. Looks like some of those same circumstances are re-organizing in the (allegedly) post-Soviet Russia, and old buddy Syria.

Tartous is being dredged and renovated to provide a permanent facility for the Russian navy, giving Moscow a key military foothold in the Mediterranean at a time when Russia’s invasion of Georgia has led to fears of a new cold war.

Fears of a new cold war? Uh, situational awareness dictates that “fears of a new cold war” are way behind the curve. Historically, it was a pattern of assertive and at times confrontational behavior that marked the start of Cold War I, which was formally recognized by Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Fulton, Missouri’s Westminster College in 1946. By the way, it’s STILL worth reading…and makes the Chief wonder where the West might be able to find another Churchill…but I digress.

The bolstering of military ties between Russia and Syria has also worried Israel, whose prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was in Moscow yesterday seeking to persuade the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, to stop Russian arms sales to Syria and Iran. Mr Olmert later said he had received assurances that Russia would not allow Israel’s security to be threatened, but offered no indication he won any concrete promises on Russian arms sales.

Igor Belyaev, Russia’s charge d’affaires in Damascus, recently told reporters that his country would increase its presence in the Mediterranean and that “Russian vessels will be visiting Syria and other friendly ports more frequently”.

That announcement followed a meeting between Medvedev and the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, at the Black sea port of Sochi in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s victory over Georgian forces and its recognition of the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – actions Assad supported.

The bolstering of military ties between Russia and Syria has also worried Israel, whose prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was in Moscow yesterday seeking to persuade the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, to stop Russian arms sales to Syria and Iran. Mr Olmert later said he had received assurances that Russia would not allow Israel’s security to be threatened, but offered no indication he won any concrete promises on Russian arms sales.

The Chief is a great believer in the principle that “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and has white feathers and a flat bill, then it MUST be a duck.” It looks enough like the first one, so as far as the Chief is concerned, it IS in fact Cold War II.

Scientific Progress…well,…of a sort.

Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize

For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK.
“The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar.” –Nature

Yes, but think WHAT?

The 2008 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, October 2, at the 18th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

Just one sample of the awards this year…but it’s certainly worth checking out the rest of the list.

COGNITIVE SCIENCE PRIZE. Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Ágotá Tóth of the University of Szeged, Hungary, for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.
REFERENCE: “Intelligence: Maze-Solving by an Amoeboid Organism,” Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hiroyasu Yamada, and Ágota Tóth, Nature, vol. 407, September 2000, p. 470.

ECONOMICS PRIZE. Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan of the University of New Mexico, USA, for discovering that a professional lap dancer’s ovulatory cycle affects her tip earnings.
REFERENCE: “Ovulatory Cycle Effects on Tip Earnings by Lap Dancers: Economic Evidence for Human Estrus?” Geoffrey Miller, Joshua M. Tybur, Brent D. Jordan, Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 28, 2007, pp. 375-81.

OK. So I listed two of them. The sacrifices required by the researchers of the latter effort are beyond ordinary comprehension. It must have been hard for them.

From the “Duh!” Department

Religious people are ‘more helpful, honest and generous’ say scientists

One supposes that this is official, since Scientists now say so.

Believing in God makes people nicer, a major study has concluded. After analysing three decades of research, scientists say religion encourages individuals to be more helpful, honest and generous.

One would guess that Bill Maher WON’T refer to this in his recently released cinematic anti-religious diatribe.

But believers acting for the greater good may be doing so to enhance their own reputation among friends and acquaintances, according to the review published today in the journal Science.

And the point is? IMHO positive behavior is positive…for whatever reason. From the Chief’s religious viewpoint, one often starts doing something good for many mixed reasons, but grows into the spirit of the undertaking, and ends up with an entirely different…and more spiritually oriented view of what was done than was present when it started. In other words, doing something good changes, and improves the doer, and THAT’s a part of what religion should be all about!

Dr Ara Norenzayan, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, Canada, said the debate over whether religion improves behaviour has too often been driven by opinion and anecdote. ‘We wanted to look at the hard scientific evidence,’ he said.

Published research into the links between religion and ‘pro-social’ behaviour showed that religious and spiritual thoughts reduced rates of cheating in games and increased trust between strangers.

Repeated studies have shown that those who frequently pray and attend religious services report more charitable donations and volunteer work, they said.

Like it says in The Book: “By their fruits, ye shall know them.”

Donks Look at themselves in the Mirror, and see…Donks!

How Democrats See Their Base: Idiots, Minorities, GEDs, and Dropouts!

This is just too much! If the GOP said this about the enemy party, the uproar in the MSM would be HUGE. As it is, of course there would be no such thing, but from the Chief’s point of view…can you say S-C-H-A-D-E-N-F-R-E-U-D-E? Heh heh heh!

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Typical Donk voter?

Liberal Democrats pride themselves as being the party of the “little guy,” the powerless, the abused, and penniless if you will.

But how do Democrats really feel about their core constituency behind closed doors and in correspondence marked Confidential?

Would you believe that in Colorado Democrats refer to their best and brightest as “Idiots, Minorities, GEDs, Dropouts..” ?

Here’s the report in question. Know the enemy!

Johnson Taking Conservative Role on Bailout!?!

The Senate bailout vote

Sen. Tim Johnson (Donk, SD) voted against the Great Gravy & Omnivorous Omnibus Bailout Bill (GGOOBB), while Rep. Sen John Thune voted in favor of it.

So who’s being more conservative these days?

Two probable factors involved here, in the Chief’s humble opinion.

(1) The DC Senate Donks KNEW there were PLENTY of votes to pass the GGOOBB and gave clearance with a wink and a nod to Johnson to vote no, in cognizance of his delicate condition as a Donk seeking re-election in SD, considered a solidly “Red” state (at least Presidentially).

(2) Sen. Thune has a LONG record of what was referred to in Naval Terminology as “brown-nosing” McCain, going back to the McCain-Feingold Political Speech Limitation & Incumbent Protection Act (otherwise known as campaign finance “reform”), and more recently, his EARLY heartfelt endorsement of McCain.

So, what’s new? Politics as usual?  Maybe it’s a bit more cmplicated at that…the tax aspects of this thing are causing a number of libDonks to oppose it, or at the least to wrinkle their noses, while the otehr earmarks have the same effect on the conservatives.  So who knows REALLY without reading the whole 400+ page GGOOBB.

Probably no one knows for sure, because no one has actually read the whole thing.

A Light in the Forest!

Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer

Her comes Jeffrey Miron an oxymoronically placed libertarian economist from harvard, with this OpEd being carried by CNN! Phew! It almost boggles the mind that this saw the light of day. FINALLY someone has cut through the crap and reached the root of the matter. We should be so lucky that our legislooters of both parties could (or would) think so clearly

Congress has balked at the Bush administration’s proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Under this plan, the Treasury would have bought the “troubled assets” of financial institutions in an attempt to avoid economic meltdown. This bailout was a terrible idea. Here’s why.

The current mess would never have occurred in the absence of ill-conceived federal policies. The federal government chartered Fannie Mae in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970; these two mortgage lending institutions are at the center of the crisis. The government implicitly promised these institutions that it would make good on their debts, so Fannie and Freddie took on huge amounts of excessive risk.

He goes on with far more reason than is found in either (or both) houses of Congress.

It’s a refreshing change!

McCain Loses It, Big Time.

Treasury Could Begin Spending $1 Trillion on Bailout Without Congressional Approval, McCain Says

What’s the point anymore? If there isn’t any difference between the Republocratic and Demmican candidates, then what’s
the advantage of electing one party over the other?

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, indicated on Tuesday that the Bush administration could simply bypass Congress, if necessary, to begin dealing with the nation’s financial crisis. “The Treasury has at its disposal about a trillion dollars that they could begin, without congressional authority, buying up some of these terrible mortgages and help stabilize the situation,” Sen. John McCain told Fox & Friends.

In other words, “Hey, we HAVE the money (or at least the printing press!), so who’s going to stop us from spending it? Screw teh will of Congress, who has the gall to actually listen to their constituents on this. What do THOSE bozos know anyway?”

At this point, as far as the Chief is concerned the ONLY two things that John McCainiac has going for him are
(a) National security issues, and
(b) Sarah Palin. (She would be an improvement if he were to die…she’s more conservative than he is by a long shot.)
IT’s not a